As President of the Bromsgrove International Music Competition, I attended the 2018 Final on 7 April in the Routh Concert Hall at Bromsgrove School. It was an amazing final with brilliant performances from Irena Radic (piano), Lewis Banks (saxophone), Luke Jones (piano) and Bartosz Glowacz (accordion). Adjudicators Meurig Bowen (Chair), Sarah Bruce and Roderick Williams must have been under pressure to choose a winner from such diverse and high level performances but in the end they chose Luke Jones as a very worthy winner performing Rachmaninov’s  Etudes Tableaux 5 and 9, Op 39 and Medtner’s Sonata No 9, Op 30. Congratulations should go to Chair Ian Morris and all those involved in organising this marvelous music festival.


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